I've been trying to find out more about my gggrandfather, William Briggs DISNEY, with scant succcess. However, in response to a post on the Crawford Co. AR Message Board at Rootsweb made back in March, I got a reply last week from the ggranddaughter of his second wife, Lydia BOYD SUTTON. She says that Lydia and William married about 1884 (which means she can't find that darn marriage either!), and that they had two children!
Lillie Ann DISNEY, Sept. l885 - July l, l981
Bertha D. DISNEY, Nov. l9, l887 - Jan. l5, l944
Since Lillie died so late, but I didn't know if she married or not, I looked for a Lillie who was born in Sept 1885 and died in 1981 in the SSDI. And look who I found!:
Lillie FINE, born 3 Sep 1885, died Jul 1981, last residence Rogers, Benton Co., AR 72756, last benefit Van Buren, Crawford Co., AR 72956, SSN 429-64-6579, issued in Arkansas.
I heard from a FINE researcher, who confirmed that Lillie DISNEY married 27 Jan 1909 James LeGrand FINE (2 Feb 1883 - 20 Oct 1952 Crawford County, AR). I'm hoping to find a marriage record to confirm this. Kaye says, "They had at least 3 children and I have them in a 1920 census in Van Buren, Crawford County, AR." I located this entry in the census, and it is an awful page in the Ancestry images! Taped together, and altogether dreadful. But that does give me hope that some of these children are still alive somewhere.
The wonderful Barbara advised me, among other tactics, to do a Google search for "lilly fine". Wow is all I can say, since I hadn't done this yet, and look what I found:
She is mentioned right at the top of this wonderful page about the history of Van Buren:
"Jame Monroe was the newly elected president of the United States and Arkansas was still a district of the territory of Missouri when David Boyd, first white man set foot on the future town site of Van Buren.
"David Boyd was a log raiser and his arrival in 1818 was the first recorded event in the town's history. He lived until 1885. He has a living granddaughter, Mrs. Lillie Fine, whose mother was Lydia Ann Boyd Disney, the daughter of David Boyd.
"The first white settler was Thomas Martin who arrived shortly after David Boyd. Martin was helped by Boyd to build his log house. Thomas Martin claimed squatters rights to the land, and a few people gathered around Martin and the place became a boat landing and a small settlement." <snip>
Lillie Ann DISNEY, 3 Sep l885 - 1 Jul l981
Bertha D. Disney, 19 Nov l887 - 15 Jan l944
Daughters of William Briggs DISNEY and Lydia BOYD SUTTON who married about 1884, presumably in Crawford Co., although I've not found a marriage record so far.
Lillie's husband, James LeGrand FINE was buried at Gracelawn Cemetery, Crawford County, AR. (He died 1952) I wonder if she lies beside him?
By the way, I was also advised to search World Connect, but I got no results for Lillie Fine. I did, however, find her mother, Lydia BOYD SUTTON DISNEY, here:
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/u/t/James-E-Sutton/GENE1-0004.html and here:
Valorie Zimmerman, feeling closer to Arkansas all the time!
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